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1 Agenda for the day 1. Transformed by Literacy: the Brockton High Literacy Initiative 2. Strategies to Prepare the Students AND the Teachers for the Common Core and Next Generation Assessments: PD to Improve Instruction and Increase Student Achievement 3. Strategies to Empower the Faculty: Often the BEST experts are right in our own house 4. Safety Nets: ALL MEANS ALL (SpEd, ELL, 9 th) 5. For What Its Worth: Final Leadership Advice 1

2 Agenda for this session: Strategies to Empower the Faculty: Often the best experts are right in our own house. HOW we did this: Various professional development formats World Café Structured Interdisciplinary Discussion Groups Faculty EXPO 2

3 Agenda for this session Engaging and Empowering our Faculty The key to our improvement and success: ADULT LEARNING HOW we did this: Various professional development formats These strategies you can employ immediately!!! 3

4 The key to our improvement: ADULT LEARNING How did we accomplish this?

5 Targeted professional development We used five different formats to train AND engage our faculty.

6 Our Professional Development Formats Interdisciplinary Groups – Literacy training, often our first step to introduce an instructional method to all faculty Departmental Meetings – follow up to literacy training with a content specific focus Small Interdisciplinary Structured Discussion Groups – In depth about a targeted issue World Café – More informal, allows topics to be introduced without going into great detail – builds collegiality Faculty Expo – PD activity like a mini conference; teachers presenting to colleagues

7 Professional Development Formats Large Interdisciplinary Groups – Literacy training that is often our first step to introduce an instructional method to all faculty Departmental Meetings – follow up to literacy training with a content specific focus Small Interdisciplinary Groups – In depth discussions about a targeted issue World Café – More informal, allows topics to be introduced without going into great detail – builds collegiality World Café – More informal, allows topics to be introduced without going into great detail, builds collegiality

8 8 World Café Format Great way to introduce new ideas Promotes positive discussion Casual, relaxed atmosphere Engaging the faculty:

9 How to begin: 4 or 5 per group, one Table Host Questions planned for two or three café sessions Placemats with questions on them to be used as the notes Recommended – GOODIES!!!!

10 Discuss Session One Questions… Our theme for this World Café was Rigor, Relevance, Relationships

11 Session 1: Relationships a. Introduce yourself and talk about something that youd like others to know about you. b. What are two strategies youve used with your students to get to know them

12 AFTER 15 – 20 MINUTES: Switch groups, but Table Host stays. Leave placemats on the table. Table Host flips over the placemats for Session Two. MOVE TO SESSION TWO… Discuss Session Two Questions

13 13 Session 2: Rigor and Relevance a. Introduce yourself and talk about the toughest class you ever had in school and what you did to get through it. b. Describe something youve done to help a struggling student master difficult material. c. Describe a lesson you taught that you believe the students found to be relevant to their lives.

14 Sometimes we conclude with a Ticket to Leave

15 15 TICKET TO LEAVE: 3 – 2 – 1 3: What are 3 qualities in your favorite teacher ever that youd like to emulate? 2:What are 2 things that you think the students want to know about you? 1:What is 1 thing that you will when you return to school to connect with your students.

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20 For our first World Café in Sept: 1. Introduce yourself and talk about the best book you read or movie you saw this summer. 2. For our Oct. InService, we are going to schedule a Faculty Expo. What session(s) topics would you like to see scheduled. Any presenter suggestions? For Session ONE:

21 For our first World Café in Sept: 1. Introduce yourself and share an example of how you used technology (smartphones, laptops, PDAs, tablets) effectively in the classroom for instructional purposes. 2. Review the draft of the proposed new language of the electronic device policy. Strengths, weaknesses, problems, issues? 3. Restructuring had a fierce debate on whether to allow students to use electronic devices during lunch: a. outside, b. inside the caf, or c. both. Your thoughts? For Session TWO:

22 Session One: 1. Introduce yourself and talk about the best book on education you have read and would recommend to your colleagues. 2. If you could get each of the professionals in your school to do two or three things: very well consistently and that would impact learning positively What would those two or three things be? Third Key Trend Heres a suggestion for an opening World Café for you

23 Session Two: 1. Introduce yourself and talk about the one area that you believe should be the focus of attack in your school to improve student achievement. 2. What is already in place to get your school moving (improving student achievement)? What do you think you need to help move the process along? Third Key Trend Now change tables for Session 2 Dont forget the goodies!!!

24 Our Professional Development Formats Interdisciplinary Groups – Literacy training, often our first step to introduce an instructional method to all faculty Departmental Meetings – follow up to literacy training with a content specific focus Small Interdisciplinary Groups – In depth discussions about a targeted issue World Café – More informal, allows topics to be introduced without going into great detail – builds collegiality Faculty Expo – PD activity like a mini conference; teachers presenting to colleagues

25 Professional Development Formats Large Interdisciplinary Groups – Literacy training that is often our first step to introduce an instructional method to all faculty Departmental Meetings – follow up to literacy training with a content specific focus Small Interdisciplinary Groups – In depth discussions about a targeted issue World Café – More informal, allows topics to be introduced without going into great detail – builds collegiality Small Interdisciplinary Structured Discussion Groups: In depth discussions about a targeted issue

26 Structured Interdisciplinary Discussion Groups (for more in-depth discussions around important issues in the school) Facilitated by Restructuring Committee members Guide questions provided A powerful strategy to empower faculty

27 27 1. What would you cite as the primary reason(s) why students fail? 2. What procedures/ techniques/ strategies have you used that you feel have been most successful for our 9 th and 10 th graders in terms of academics and behavior? 3. We have been successful at helping students over the MCAS passing bar; now we must move our target to proficiency. What do you see as the major obstacle our students face in achieving this goal? What suggestions would you make to help our students overcome those challenges to reach proficiency? Structured Interdisciplinary Discussion Group Questions:

28 28 1. What do you see as the major obstacle our special education students face in your class? 2. What procedures/ techniques/ strategies have you used that you feel have been most successful for our students with disabilities in your classes? 3. What do you think you need to help your students with disabilities be successful in your class? We were struggling with a higher failure rate for our students with IEPs.

29 Faculty Feedback: VOICES of the FACULTY May 2008 ISSUE: The Attendance Policy Note: There was very strong support for the attendance policy, but frustration with the amount of paperwork generated by waivers and buybacks, etc… Subcommittees of the Restructuring Committee will look at both waivers and buybacks to address some of those concerns. The number of allowable absent days is fair, but have the attendance days count by semester rather than term. That might help to control the amount of paperwork, and help with students who were sick, but did not go to a doctor.

30 Faculty Feedback: VOICES of the FACULTY May 2008 ISSUE: The Attendance Policy (cont) Have the nurses verify a student who went home sick, but didnt necessarily need to see a doctor. (THAT SHOULD BE A WAIVED ABSENCE) There should be no limit on the buyback days – when students participate in the buyback policy, they are attending, doing their work, and behaving. The air quality in the classrooms is poor, and the custodian hasnt cleaned my room for two days. These waivers and buy back days should be automated; they should show up on the portal.

31 Our Professional Development Formats Interdisciplinary Groups – Literacy training, often our first step to introduce an instructional method to all faculty Departmental Meetings – follow up to literacy training with a content specific focus Small Interdisciplinary Groups – In depth discussions about a targeted issue World Café – More informal, allows topics to be introduced without going into great detail – builds collegiality Faculty Expo – PD activity like a mini conference; teachers presenting to colleagues

32 Professional Development Formats Large Interdisciplinary Groups – Literacy training that is often our first step to introduce an instructional method to all faculty Departmental Meetings – follow up to literacy training with a content specific focus Small Interdisciplinary Groups – In depth discussions about a targeted issue World Café – More informal, allows topics to be introduced without going into great detail – builds collegiality Faculty Expo – PD activity like a mini conference; teachers presenting to colleagues

33 Faculty Expo Teacher to Teacher Let the experts show you the way

34 Faculty Expo is: 1-2 hour workshops Designed by teacher Focused on Instruction Using Technology Professional Development Credit Teachers teaching and working with teachers

35 The Leadership It Takes Organizational Structures and Personnel that Embody Capacity to Teach and Motivate Adults: The district maintains routines and structures within which adult educators engage teachers and administrators in continuous improvement of instructional and supervisory practices. Coaching, observing, and sharing make it difficult for individuals to avoid the change process, and the push for adaptive change spurs resisters to leave their comfort zones or eventually depart from the district. Ron Ferguson, Closing the Achievement Gap

36 …adult educators engage in continuous improvement of instructional and supervisory practices. Coaching, observing, and sharing make it difficult for individuals to avoid the change process… Leadership That…Embodies the Capacity to Teach and Motivate Adults

37 One of the BEST workshops ever (or as we say in Brockton, it was WICKED AWESOME): Faculty Expo Leadership That…Embodies the Capacity to Teach and Motivate Adults

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41 Awesome workshop, I can use the activities tomorrow in my class! Colleague to colleague…I felt valued. Teachers as experts…loved it! Hands on – practical, useful, THANKS! Informative, in fact, this is the first time Ive understood special ed in 33 years! This helped me understand my students. Leadership That…Embodies the Capacity to Teach and Motivate Adults

42 The content may stay the same but the ways to teach it have changed!!! Faculty Expo 2 - Technology First of all, ΔABF = ΔAEC by SAS. This is because, AE = AB, AF = AC, andSAS BAF = BAC + CAF = CAB + BAE = CAE.

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44 Pedro Noguera You dont have to change the student population to get results, you have to change the conditions under which they learn.

45 45 Brockton High Faculty Answers: How have we changed the culture? Admin team stated constantly Its all about the kids! (Its not us against them) Negative comments addressed directly FOCUS, FOCUS, FOCUS on literacy EVERYONE held to expectations (fierce conversations behind closed doors) Teachers present to colleagues, model strategies to each other

46 46 Brockton High Faculty Answers: How have we changed the culture? We used our own talent, didnt hire out Its safe to take risks Faculty Expo Every department contributes- empowerment through content I feel my teaching is valued Admin demands, and monitors, but supports and thanks

47 What We Say… Making change takes tenacity, not brilliance! Susan Szachowicz, Principal, Brockton High

48 Time for a break!!! NEXT UP: Safety Nets: ALL MEANS ALL (SpEd, ELL, 9 th)


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